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four photos, two men and two women on a black background Grum Project Brings Slate of Artists to Campus

By Kate Lawless We’re looking forward to welcoming four artists this year as part of the Grum Project, our artist-in-residence series. Read more about the program here. Composer Geoff Hudson will be composing a choral piece written by Williston students. He recently completed a piece called “Passion for the Planet,” addressing climate change through music. Choreographer, director, and...

man standing at podium in black robe at graduation Williston Senior Academic Awards Announced

During its remote 179th Commencement ceremony, broadcast on May 23, 2020, Williston Northampton School announced the names of its senior academic award winners. Please note, award winners in grades 9, 10, and 11 will be announced during the 2020-21 school year. The senior awards are as follows: History and Global Studies The A. L. HEPWORTH...

williston-scholar-fountain-pen-write Williston Scholars Presentations Make an Impact

Students in Williston Scholars Language, Math, and History classes, will present their final projects as Thanksgiving break approaches. The Williston Scholars program is a college-model course that introduces students to the rigors of directed independent study and allows students to engage deeply with a topic he or she is passionate about in any discipline over...

jack-long-youzimu-translate-williston-video Shared in Translation

Jack Long ’20 may seem like an ordinary high school senior, carrying a rigorous schedule with AP and honors classes and pursuing special projects like creating a robotic arm with his classmates. But in 2016, he also began volunteering to translate and subtitle popular American television shows for viewers in his home country of China....

National-merit-scholar-semifinalist Williston Honors National Merit and AP Scholars

Last October, about 1.5 million juniors took the PSAT test, which served as the initial screening for the National Merit Scholarship program. The nationwide pool of National Merit Semifinalists represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. At an all-school assembly on October 9,...

new-faculty-williston Williston Welcomes 10 New Faculty Members

Williston welcomes 10 new faculty members to campus this year. We extend a hearty welcome to them all! Tina Berghoff (Science) (not pictured above) Tina returns to the Williston faculty in a part-time capacity teaching two sections of AP Psychology. She previously served as our Academic Support Coordinator from 2014-2016. Tina earned a BA in...

academic-awards Academic Awards Spotlight Achievement

Students and faculty assembled under a tent on the Quad on the afternoon of May 24 to recognize the academic achievements of Williston Northampton School students. Head of School Robert W. Hill III handed out the prizes. “Today is the public celebration of Williston’s yearlong pursuit of excellence,” he said. See photos of the event here....

weather-balloon-williston-scholars-trevor-corsello Williston Scholars Examine Their World

A recent exposition of Williston Scholars projects revealed not only a wide range of topics, but an impressive depth of investigation. From a special type of polynomial, to the French New Wave movement in cinema, to the launch of a weather balloon that rose to 95,000 feet and swelled to four times its original girth...

language-award-winners-latin-chinese-french Gained in Translation

The Language Department acknowledged the outstanding performance of Chinese, French and Latin students in a recent assembly. The awardees distinguished themselves at the regional and national level on the three separate national language tests. In Latin, the following students earned a Certificate of Honorable Merit CUM LAUDE: Level II: Molly Kinstle ’21 Level III: Anne-Valerie...

ryan-dwyer-jim-mcgovern-congressional-award Williston Senior Earns Congressional Award

Williston Northampton School six-year senior Ryan Dwyer on April 23 met with U.S. Representative James McGovern (D-MA) after receiving a Congressional Award. The United States Congress established the award in 1979 to recognize initiative, service, and achievement in young people and was originally signed into law by President Jimmy Carter. Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W....

lila-schaefer-chewonki-maine-coast-study-semester A Wildcat Heads to the Maine Coast

The following presentation was made at Assembly on March 20, 2019, by Lila Schaefer ’20 after she spent several months at Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki. Hi everybody! As some of you may know, I spent the fall semester at Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki. This program is a semester school for juniors and in...

Williston Scholars Present

When students elect to take a Williston Scholars class, they know they are going to be spending a lot of time and energy focusing on a particular subject. At the end of that time, they present a final project that demonstrates their expertise. This winter, Williston Scholars in language, history and global studies, and theater...

Willistonian Valentine Spanish Club Spreads Heart And Help On Valentine’s Day

Williston students decided to turn Valentine’s Day into a memorable day not only to celebrate love, but also for an honorable, humanitarian cause. On this Valentine’s Day, Feb 14, the Spanish Club helped create a fundraiser for the education of a girl named Maria from the Dominican Republic. They chose this day to sell carnations...

Wildcats Conquer at Classics Day

Once again, Williston’s Latin students came, saw and conquered Classics Day at Mount Holyoke College. Students attended workshops, examined the classical antiquities of the Mount Holyoke Museum of Art, and distinguished themselves in the many competitions held throughout the day.  Classics Day is hosted by the Pioneer Valley Classical Association and was attended by Middle...

315 Students on T1 Honor Roll

Congratulations to the following students who made honor roll during the first trimester of the 2018-19 school year. Grade 9 I Hang U, Honors Julia Borden, High Honors Tevah Rose, High Honors Jackson Frechette, Honors Adeline Hume, Honors Sofia Michalski, High Honors Cristina Negron, High Honors Raymond Toth, High Honors Michael Toth, Honors Tucker Motyka,...

Students Reflect on UMass Chinese Acrobat Performance

On October 26, Rita Plouffe’s Chinese I, II, and III classes and Colin Mann’s Bass Chorus visited the UMass Fine Arts Center to watch a Chinese culture dance and music performance called “Chinese Warriors of Peking.” Chinese acrobatics were first recorded in the Qin Dynasty (225-207 BC) when China was unified by the first Emperor...

Mark Gugleilmo Brings Multidisciplinary Exploration to Williston

Cuban music pulls in influences from divergent places: Spanish immigrants brought guitar and horns, African enslaved people brought and invented multiple varieties of percussion instruments, Chinese immigrants contributed a reed instrument still played in parts of Cuba today. The braiding of these strands creates a musical experience for the ears that has been described as...

French Class Explores WWI ‘No Man’s Land’

On September 18, Adeleen Brown’s French IV class visited the Smith College Museum of Art to explore the exhibit of World War I prints called “No Man’s Land.” At the museum, students viewed the drawings and read their descriptions and then chose a theme related to the war. Then they chose one drawing that exemplified...

NSFG Instructorship Awarded to Adeleen Brown

  Editor’s note: this address was given by Dean of Faculty Peter Valine during Assembly on September 26, 2018. The Northampton School for Girls Instructorship was established in 1999 by alumnae of the Northampton School for Girls to note the importance of that school in their lives, and to support the focus on the education...

Grum Project Artists Bring Vision to Williston

Williston’s Grum Project, a five-year artist-in-residence program funded by a generous alumna, enters its third year with a slate of artists involved in a variety of disciplines. Mark Guglielmo, a visual artist who creates photomosaics paired with audio recordings, begins the series. His most recent work depicts the lives of Cuban people before and after...

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